2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards


State Parks volunteers are the best!


In 2016, our remarkable volunteers contributed 222,250 service hours towards work in the parks. Volunteers for State Parks assist with everything from cleaning campsites to trail maintenance to assisting with telling the story of the parks. They clean beaches, complete service projects, assist with special events and help the park rangers by serving as camp hosts. We have groups that adopt their local parks, as well as friends groups who work to support both their individual parks and the state park system as a whole.

Our volunteers are vital to keeping the system running and a simply thank you does not seem like enough. Each year we recognize a few of our outstanding volunteers. Here are the awards for 2016:

Volunteer of the Year Group of the Year


Dick Malone, Fort Casey State Park   Friends of Fort Worden State Park

Hosts of the Year Outstanding Contribution by a Group


Willie and Susan Salmond, Kanaskat-Palmer State Park       Washington Trails Association, Beacon Rock State Park
Bert and Cathy Miller, Fort Worden State Park

Interpretive Volunteer of the Year Special Mention


Audrey Anna Rabalais, Cama Beach State Park    Don and Rose Meyers, Grayland Beach State park
   Judi Whitehouse, Twin Harbors State Park

Rookie Host of the Year

Mark Doss, Fort Worden State Park
Marti Lindhorst, Riverside State Park      Maddie Rose, Deception Pass State Park
     Ted Klump, Beacon Rock State Park

Outstanding Contributions by Individuals


Dick Hagener, Dash Point State Park
Lindy Adelmann, Fort Worden State Park
Tim Woods, Riverside State Park
Steven Kobylk, Fort Casey State Park

Governor